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Excellence Unmasked at Industry Awards Night

21 July 2017

Finalists and winners have been announced from across Queensland, in areas including Cairns, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Bundaberg and South-East Queensland for the Annual Plumbing and Gas Industry Awards night, unmasking excellence.

Hosted by the Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland (MPAQ), the presentation dinner was held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) on Friday night, celebrating its eighteenth year.

The theme of “Unmasking Excellence” means recognising and ‘unmasking’ the achievements of outstanding apprentices, plumbers, gasfitters, hydraulic consultants, companies and other industry individuals.

This year the sell-out awards recognised individuals and companies in 19 categories and hosted VIPs including the Minister for Housing and Public Works, the Hon. Mick de Brenni MP, Shadow Minister for Housing and Public Works, Stephen Bennett MP, the Shadow Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply, Michael Hart MP, Federal Minister for Griffith, Terrie Butler MP, President for Plumbing and Pipe Trades Employees Union Qld, Gary O’Halloran and Commissioner of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission, Brett Bassett.

92.5 Gold FM Breakfast Announcer, Spida Everitt was MC for the evening, announcing the finalists and award recipients alongside the award sponsors.

MPAQ’s Executive Director, Penny Cornah has praised the outstanding achievements of all nominees whether they progressed to the finalist stage or not.

“The increasing level of competition over the past few years highlights the huge developments within the industry in recent times,” she said.

“Plumbing is a lifesaving industry and an emphasis on further training and technical development is imperative in ensuring this industry is always evolving and bettering itself year on year.”

“The plumbing industry is growing in leaps and bounds and this is reflected in the high level of passion, innovation and clever approaches to work displayed by all of our nominees.”

“It is so important that the Association acknowledges the exceptional work that plumbers, gasfitters and other industry individuals play by protecting the health and safety of the community.”

– ENDS –

More Information - Award Categories & Finalists

AHSCA Qld Hydraulic Consultant of the Year

  • David Mitmannsgruber – Interior Engineering, Brisbane
  • Paul McKenna – Lehr Paul & Partners, Brisbane – WINNER

Queensland Building and Construction Commission Women in Plumbing & Gas Award

  • Kirsty Train – AJ’s Plumbing and Gas, Toowoomba
  • Helen Yost – Tradettes Plumbing, Brisbane - WINNER

WFI Industry Leadership Award

  • Bradley Hodgkinson – Moreton Bay Regional Council, Moreton Bay – WINNER
  • Roy Walker – Roy Walker Plumbing, Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland

Tradelink Industry Mentor of the Year

  • Nathan Morgan – The Service Trades College Australia, Ipswich
  • Steven Ross – SkillsTech Australia, Brisbane – WINNER

Australian Industry Trade College School Based Apprentice of the Year

  • Lachlan Brown – Nardia Plumbing, Logan – WINNER
  • William Cross – Slade Bros Plumbing, Sunshine Coast

Construction Skills Queensland Merv Harris Memorial Bursary Award

  • Stephen Marsden – Yarrow Plumbing Services, Logan – WINNER
  • Jesse Dennis – SE Plumbing, Gladstone

InSinkErator 2nd Year Apprentice of the Year

  • Benjamin Paynter – Silk Plumbing and Drainage Contractors, Sunshine Coast
  • Tristan Wilson – Gainsite Plumbing, Gas & Kitchens, Bundaberg – WINNER

BUSSQ 3rd Year Apprentice of the Year

  • Adam Connolly – Cooke & Dowsett Pty Ltd, Brisbane – WINNER
  • Luke Burn – Mulcahy Plumbing, Brisbane

The Service Trades College 4th Year Apprentice of the Year

  • Ryan Molenda – Thermal Piping Pty Ltd, Brisbane
  • Christopher Powell – Planet Plumbing Qld Pty Ltd, Logan – WINNER

Reece Queensland Apprentice of the Year

  • Adam Connolly – Cooke & Dowsett Pty Ltd, Brisbane
  • Christopher Powell – Planet Plumbing Qld Pty Ltd, Logan – WINNER
  • Tristan Wilson – Gainsite Plumbing, Gas & Kitchens, Bundaberg

Andrea Vogler Women in Business Award

  • Elaine Read – Readiplumb Services Pty Ltd, Brisbane – WINNER
  • Louise Nash – GWC Hydraulics, Brisbane

simPRO Service Excellence Award

  • Beavis & Bartels Pty Ltd, Brisbane
  • Natco Plumbing, Brisbane – WINNER

Plumbers’ Union Queensland Workplace Health & Safety Management System and Cultural Initiative Award

  • Beavis & Bartels Pty Ltd, Brisbane – WINNER
  • CC P & D Pty Ltd, Gold Coast

Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland Domestic Gas Installation of the Year

  • Maxigas, Logan – WINNER

Queensland Gas Association Commercial Gas Installation of the Year

  • Beavis & Bartels Pty Ltd, Brisbane
  • Active Gas Services, Brisbane – WINNER

Queensland Gas Association Type B Gas Installation of the Year

  • James Giles Plumbing Pty Ltd, Goomeri – WINNER
  • Qld Industrial Gasfitting Services, Logan – JUDGES HIGHLY COMMENDED

CBUS Domestic and Residential Technical Award

  • Raynor Plumbing, Gold Coast
  • SJ Atkins Plumbing, Sunshine Coast – WINNER

QLeave Commercial & Industrial Technical Award

  • Obsidian Plumbing Pty Ltd, Gold Coast – WINNER
  • BC Project Industries, Rockhampton

Department of Housing and Public Works Innovation Award

  • James Giles Plumbing Pty Ltd, Goomeri
  • Beavis & Bartels Pty Ltd, Brisbane – WINNER

For further information:

Contact:

Lisa Hilton
Events & Communications Manager
Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland
07 3273 0800
0439 648 164

lisa.hilton@mpaq.com.au

Summer Adams
Communications Coordinator
Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland
07 3273 0800

summer.adams@mpaq.com.au

Editor’s note: 

Photographs and interviews are available and can be organised with the winners. 

Please contact Lisa Hilton or Summer Adams for more information.

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